India Abroad

A Glass Wall Between Kulbhushan Jadhav And His Family Breaks Millions Of Hearts

| December 25 , 2017 , 18:23 IST

After a long wait of years, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family finally had a chance to meet him in Islamabad today. Jadhav is an Indian national and a former Indian Naval Officer who was arrested by Pakistan over charges of espionage and terrorism. He was sentenced to death in a Field General Court Martial on April 10, 2017 after three-and-a-half months of trial. Jadhav’s case is being persued by both the countries in the International Court of Justice.


The wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav met him at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry office in Islamabad accompanied by the deputy High Commissioner of India J.P Singh. Pakistan had stated that this meeting would happen on humanitarian grounds on the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.


Before the meeting began some news reports came from Pakistani media that consular access was allowed for Jadhav, a demand that India has put up 13 times unsuccessfully. But this news proved to be false as Pakistan instantly denied any such development.


The Foreign Office of Pakistan released images of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife. During the meeting Jadhav was separated from them by a glass wall and they could only talk via loudspeaker on the telephone.


As soon as the image was released people started tweeting their reactions calling the meeting a sham and inhuman.


Former Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay tweeted “Today, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that is haunting me as an Indian, the pictures of Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife 'meeting' and speaking to him through a thick glass shield. Can a state be so savage and brutal? Yes, if it is Pakistan. Rise O' India rise.”

Writer and activist Sadhvi Khosla tweeted “Very heart breaking pics of #KulbhushanJadhav meeting his mother and wife with a glass pane between them. Pakistan, why don’t you have a mother bless her son and a wife hug her husband?”

Pakistan on the other hand maintains that the glass wall was for security reasons and that this was already communicated in advance.